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Final 10 days of May

And it’s done!! A whole month of me Made outfits, some days I actually managed to wear totally handmade which was really surprising.

What this month has shown me is that I have lots of work clothes and basics like tshirts (which is why the challenge was not as hard as I thought) but really need to focus on more difficult makes such as jeans and dedicate more time to the process!

I also realised I have no where enough summer makes!! The sun came out in Britain last week for a few days, reaching 30 degrees and I was starting to struggle to find me Made outfits. I have a few Cami tops, a play suit (but no good for work!!) and one maxi dress. I need to get on with some shorts for the next bit of sunshine…. you never know when it’s coming or for how long in this country!!

Monday


Jacket – simple sew notch collar jacket- fabricland 

Top- designer stitch Kat top – fabricland 

Trousers- burda palazzo trousers- fabricland 

Tuesday 

Dress – Mccalls m7351 – fabricland 

Wednesday 


Jacket- grainline studio Morris blazer – Minerva crafts

Top- closet case file Nettie bodysuit (as a tshirt) – fabricland 

Skirt – sew over it Erin skirt – Ikea fabric 

Thursday 


Top -Kwik sew 3844-  fabricland 

Trousers- new look 6900- Amy butler fabric

Friday 



Top – sew over it cami top – fabricland (spare from my kimono)

Skirt -RTW from Boden 

Shoes – prym espadrilles kit- fabric from fancy moon ( that doesn’t seem to exist any more 😩)

Saturday 


Sweatshirt- sew house seven toaster sweater- fabricland 

Top – Megan Nielsen briar shirt – fabricland 

Jeans – RTW from next

Sunday 


Repeat outfit alert!! But the first in a month!!

Moss skirt with Agnes top, plus RTW next cardigan 

Monday 


Top- soi silk Cami top – fabric peachskin from soi

Trousers – began Nielsen flint trousers- fabric chambray from fabricland 

Tuesday 


Top – soi Anderson blouse – fabricland 

Trousers – soi ultimate trousers- fabricland 

I now have about a dozen makes I realise I have never blogged about…..

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Week 1, MMM17

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I am determined to be more dedicated to me made May this year and take photos every day, and post once a week with the full weeks outfits.
I am hoping this will help direct me to see my style and figure out the gaps in my wardrobe. Already after one week I can see a huge gap with trousers in my handmade wardrobe. I have a few pairs of ultimate trousers but I am not happy with the fit on one and the fabric choice on another. I have found a lot of lovely looking patterns on the foldline.
Do you have a favourite trousers pattern to recommend?

Monday

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Kat top – designer stitch – fabric from girl charlee
Jeans – RTW from next

Tuesday

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Cami top – sew over it – fabric from fabric land
Palazzo trousers – burda magazine – fabric from fabricland

Wednesday

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White top – McCall pattern ( I think) – fabric from fabricland
Kimono – sew over it – fabric from fabricland
Trousers – Rtw from next

Thursday

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White t shirt – Kat top from designer stitch – fabric from fabric land
Cardigan – named saunio jacket – fabric from fabric land
Skirt – grainline moss skirt – fabric from fabric land

Friday

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Jacket – grainline Morris blazer – fabric from Minerva craft
Top – designer stitch Kat top – fabric from sew over it
Trousers – RTW from next

Saturday

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Top- closet case files nettie pursuit – fabric from fabric land
Jeans – RTW from next

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Jumper- Sew House seven toaster sweater – fabric from girl charlee
Being photobombed by my 11 year old!!

Sunday

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Jacket – grainline Morris blazer – as above
Top – designer stitch Kat top – as above
Trousers – RTW jeans from next

Well that’s one week down…..I own a lot of jeans from next which is probably why I am not driven to make my own as I am happy with the fit from all three pairs.
I need more white tops and more vest tops in neutral colours, and I need more trousers…..tatb marigold trousers almost finished as I type.

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Field trip top by Oliver and S

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My son really needed some new tops so rather than go shopping I started to search online for some pattern ideas.
I have seen lots of Oliver and S patterns in the past but thought they were for little kids and my two at age 8 & 10 were now too big. They actually go up to age 12 so I bought the field trip top as a pdf file for instant gratification and got a skirt pattern for my daughter which was offered at a special price.

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Just in case you are interested,  I store all my pdf’s printed in plastic wallets with the instructions and pattern pieces tucked in behind.
I have since downloaded the little sunny day shorts that are free on their website.

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I took my kids to my local fabricland and asked my son to choose some fabric.  He was not interested in the slightest and randomly pointed to the green and black! I cut a size 7 for him even though he is quite a tall but skinny 8 year old. I added a little length to the body but the arms fitted well.
When we were at fabricland my daughter insisted that I make her one as well and went straight for a jersey aztec design.

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As you can see she is very pleased with hers and happily modelled for me!

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So much so she told me that the top was worthy of a “dab”……whatever that means!!

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Originally we were going to have black arms but decided to put the pattern on the sleeves as they were different weights. She asked for cuffs that she could put her thumbs through,  so luckily I remembered that Emily posted on how to create this so had a quick recap.
This was made this morning ready for a birthday party at lunchtime so it’s a really quick make.

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Sew my Style Saunio

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The Saunio cardigan is the second offering in the sew my style capsule wardrobe challenge.
I bought some fabric for this design back in January but didn’t get round to looking at this pattern until this week. I actually bought some scuba with peach lace overlay to make this cardigan but then looked at my original fabric and decided to try it with that first.

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I am so pleased with this design and the fabric is super soft to the touch and much nicer than I remember.
The sewing was completed in about 1 1/2 hours, the paper pattern on the other hand took me a head scratching 1 1/2 hours on its own!!!

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This was a pdf pattern which meant that it did have the seam allowance included (1cm instead of 1.5cm) but to save paper on the printer they overlap all the pieces. Once you stick it together you then still have to trace each piece and cut out again!! Grrrr! And some of the overlaps made it a challenge for my head to trace after a long day at work and trying to get kids into bed!!

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Any who, once I got going this was a dream to sew up. Just look at that pattern matching on the side and arm (if you can even spot them!)

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I interfaced the facing and stitched it from the outside on the furthest edge to stop it flapping open and looks really tidy from the outside.
I will definitely make another one of these but not sure my scuba will work so need to think of another pattern to use that on.
I made this in size small which is great for this light knit fabric but would go up a size in anything thicker. This is meant to be oversized and it’s not on this version but I am happy with that as looks smarter for work.

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Sew House Seven Toaster jumper #1

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I have signed up to the Sew My Style challenge and purchased two of the first three patterns; sew house seven toaster jumper and named saunio cardigan.

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The toaster jumper is the January challenge so I thought I would make a practice version in December to check fit and I love the finished article.

I made this one up in fabric land scuba in navy blue with bright coloured stars on. It feels soft on the outside and fleece lined inside so really warm.
It was a quick make with only 8 pieces: front, back, two sleeves, two cuffs, a neck piece and a hem piece. I made the whole jumper on my overlocker so really neat inside as well.

The pattern tells you to use twin needles to stitch either side of each seam. I did this on the raglan shoulder seams in contrasting red thread but I think my needle was not sharp enough and it kept skipping stitches. This was a pig to unpick on this fabric and I had to finish the job using a single needle trying to keep my lines equally apart, hence why I quit at the shoulders.

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Coco Crazy

TATB Coco

A little while a go I won a voucher for Girl Charlee from Sewing Made Simple magazine and went a bit bad on buying up jersey fabric!

I then needed to hunt down a suitable pattern to use all this lovely fabric on – after a few great suggestions from other bloggers I decided on the Tilly and the Buttons Coco top and dress.

Coco Funnel neck dress

This is the first Coco I have made – it looks neon orange in this photo but it’s actually a coral colour – still bright but not that bad! This is a lovely sweatshirt fabric and is so comfortable to wear.

I opted for the funnel neck and long sleeves with cuffs, this pattern offers so many variations I can see myself using it again and again.

long sleeves and cuffs

Twin needle finish

I used my trusty twin needle to finish the hem which gives a RTW finish. I cut a size 4 for this but increased to a size 5 for the hip area.

Having already cut the pattern for the dress I set to work on Coco number two – the top version. Again with Girl charlee sweatshirt fabric, but this time from their sale at only £5 for the last metre.

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This fabric has super soft fleece inside and as it’s so wide i managed to cut the top out of just 1 m, much less than the packet tells you that you need. As I had cut the pattern for the dress I just folded it up to the top length and used 3/4 length sleeves to fit it on the stripes evenly.

snug!

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It all came together quickly, an afternoons work, but the speed meant I didn’t stop to try it on. I figured I had the correct stable sweatshirt fabric required and had already cut one of these patterns that fitted…..big mistake!

I went to put it on the model and it was a tad tight…….I could put it on but not really move my arms forward 😦

matching stripes

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So gutting after matching all my stripes so well and that oh so lovely soft fleecy inside……luckily my friend is a good size or two smaller than me, so she got a surprise gift the next day at church!!

 

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